The 4th Planning A Clean and Green Township Competition was held in Singapore on the 11th and 12th April 2015. It was organised by Activistar Advocacy, a sister company of Activistar Pte Ltd that promotes and incorporates eco-friendly principles in the planning of sustainable townships. The competition saw participation of eighty teams (80) from four (4) countries namely, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Thirty four teams (34) were short listed for the competition.
Two teams from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) were among the teams short listed. The aim of the competition was to increase awareness among the young generation of the current and future challenges faced by developing countries due to the pressures of rapid urbanisation and hence, the dire need for sustainability. The two (2) teams from JPBW, FAB, UTM are Paradigm Planning Consultant Group and Mahal Group. The team members are Akrammussalam bin Selamat, Balqis Ayu Nabila, Ellida binti Samsudin, Fatin Atiqah binti Mohd Zaile, Mohamad Firdaus bin Maarof, and Khaireen Edlin binti Roslen representing Paradigm Planning Consultant Group and Tay Suet Yi, Mariyani binti Rozali, Khoirun Nisha binti Umar, Yong Mei Yee, and Nor Sarah Zawani binti Md Zaim representing Mahal Group. Dr. Gobi Krishna A/L Sinniah accompanied and was also advisor to the teams.
In order to produce high quality town planners who are able to practically and holistically contribute to more sustainable development of the country, apart from having a forward-looking, innovative, world class Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (B.URP) curriculum, it is highly essential that the B.URP program be designed “for the real world”; and “planning for the real world” begins in the early year of the planning education.
With this in view, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru (UTMJB) organised the second First Year Experience (FYE-II) program that was integrated with the field trip of the First Year, Second Semester’s Site Planning and Layout Studio (SBEP 1125) on 16-18 April 2015.
In line with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s (UTM) efforts in internationalising and striving for research and teaching excellence at the global scale, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru (UTMJB), jointly with Mahasarakham University’s (MSU) Faculty of Architecture, Urban Design and Creative Arts (FAUDCA), successfully organised the 10th MSU-UTM Joint Workshop on Urban Design and Conservation (10th MSU-UTM JWUDC) on 05-13 April 2015.
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), UTM has once again successfully organised its 2nd monthly seminar/talk for 2015. The talk by Adjunct Prof. Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) was held on 16th April 2015 (Thursday) at the Convention Hall B12, FAB. In the two hour talk, entitled ‘Comprehensive Development Plan ii (2014 – 2025) Iskandar Malaysia’, Datuk Ismail accentuate the vision and development pathway for Iskandar Malaysia as prescribed in the comprehensive development plan strategy. The strategy is to develop Iskandar Malaysia into a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing. He also emphasised that the vision envisaged in the first Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) Iskandar Malaysia 2006 will be advanced and promoted further in the Comprehensive Development Plan ii (CDPii).